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    Target announces Starbucks as coffee retailer for Canadian stores (Starbucks Newsroom)

    Loblaws launching loyalty program to coincide with Target entry (Globe and Mail)

    Zellers reviews options for outlets ‘left behind’ (Globe and Mail)

    Canadian malls are the Target of expansion(Montreal Gazette)

    Sobeys and Target: a winning combination (Financial Post)

    Target’s rejected sites in high demand by rival retailers (Globe & Mail)

    Walmart, Canadian Tire in Target's crosshairs (Financial Post)

    What we can expect: Tony Fisher talks about Target Canada (Financial Post)

    Target’s Canadian foray hits cost hurdle (Globe & Mail)

    Announcement of which Zellers are to convert coming by end of May? CTV

    "Death of Canadian retail greatly exaggerated" Rona CEO (Financial Post

    Impact on Canadian Tire (Financial Post)

    Canadian Retail Industry Viewpoints (Profit Magazine)







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    Mississauga warehouse retailer XS Cargo to close its 50 stores across Canada after failed bid to restructure

    Another warehouse retailer has crumbled in the face of competition from big-box discount rivals.

    XS Cargo Co. of Mississauga, Ont. began its final liquidation sale over the weekend and will close its 50 stores in eight provinces across Canada after making a failed bid to restructure this summer.

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    Hudson’s Bay to open first Saks in Canada in spring, 2016 

    Hudson’s Bay Co. will open its first U.S. luxury Saks Fifth Avenue and sister discount Off Fifth stores in Canada in the spring of 2016, adding to an increasingly crowded high-end retail market.

    Saks’s plans, following HBC’s acquisition of the U.S. chain last fall, come as upscale American rival Nordstrom Inc. is launching its first store in this country on September 19 at Calgary’s Chinook Centre, with up to nine more slated in the next several years. At the same time, Canadian incumbents such as Holt Renfrew & Co. are girding for the added competition, investing in bolstering their own operations.


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    Williams-Sonoma Plunges as Forecast Trails Analyst Estimates

    Williams-Sonoma Inc. (WSM), the San Francisco-based seller of cookware and home furnishings, plunged the most in 31 months after its third-quarter forecast missed analysts’ estimates.

    Earnings will be 58 cents to 63 cents a share, the company said yesterday in a statement. Analysts had estimated 66 cents on average, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

    The forecast raised concerns that Williams-Sonoma isn’t coping with a broader retail slump as well as expected. The company’s same-store sales had exceeded projections in the first quarter, benefiting from a rising housing market. In the most recent period, they grew 5.7 percent, missing the Consensus Metrix estimate of 6.2 percent.


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    Are Things Looking Up For Target?

    Target TGT +0.15% has been the retail sector’s favorite punching bag of late. But are things looking up for the chain? Some analysts think so.

    The cheap-chic discounter has suffered a brand-damaging security breach that led to the May resignation of CEO Gregg Steinhafel, a 35-year company veteran, as well as a botched expansion into Canada.

    What’s more, the chain’s mass-tige (mass-prestige) edge, stoked, in part by its signature designer collaborations from names like Missoni and Issac Mizrahi, has dulled.

    But Brian Cornell, Target’s new CEO plucked from PepsiCo PEP -0.41% last month, might be just the jolt it needs as it takes sound steps to right the ship, retail analysts said.

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